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Diocese of Jackson releases names of credibly accused clergy

Posted at 9:59 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 11:09:20-04

The Diocese of Jackson in Mississippi has released the names of all credibly accused clergy members in the diocese.

Church officials say the clergy listed are no longer in active ministry and are only those of which the diocese has been made aware.

A full list of priests can be found on the Diocese of Jackson website.

Bishop Joseph Kopacz published the list Tuesday along with a video apologizing to those who have been abused by priests.

In the video, Kopacz says that it is his hope that releasing the names “will confirm our commitment to transparency and the pursuit of our promise to protect, and our pledge to heal the harm caused by abuse in the church.”

The release of the list, according to Kopacz, is not the end of the process, but another step in the restoration and reformation of the church.

See that video below:

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In Louisiana, several dioceses have produced lists of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese of New Orleans released its list in 2018 and the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Alexandria, and Houma-Thibodaux made their lists public earlier this year.

In Acadiana, the Diocese of Lafayette has yet to produce its list of credibly accused priests. The Diocese of Lake Charles announced in February that a list was being compiled of those credibly accused.

KATC investigates has compiled our own list of credibly accused priests in the Diocese of Lafayette.

Click here to view The List